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Economic Development

As a City, we are constantly looking toward growth and self-improvement.  We are presently looking for commercial and retail neighbors that we trust would have a positive influence within our community.  Mayor Wood encourages site visits and will gladly answer yours questions (219) 866-5212.
LOCATION:  Rensselaer is located approximately 100 miles south of Chicago, IL and 100 miles North of Indiananapolis, IN with easy access to I-65.The City of Rensselaer extends to the 215 Exit of I-65.  We are a well traveled area, having two state highways 114 and 231 with access to rail service and the Japser County Airport. The airports website can be seen at
BENEFITS:  Small town atmosphere, Low taxes, Tax Abatement Program, TIF Districts, EDC Financing Packages, Quality labor at affordable scales, Good work ethics, Easy access to I-65, Excellent health and educational facilities, Good shopping.
SITE ADVANTAGES:  City Owned Utilities -Sewer, Water, Natural Gas and Electric. City owned utilities extend to I-65 Exit 215.
DREXEL PARK:  Acts as a major point of entry for all surrounding communities.  Drexel is approximately 100 acreas of retail/service space that is shovel ready and one of the fastest growing areas. 
Drexel Park
LINTNER INDUSTRIAL PARK:  Offers easy access off of U.S. 114.  Lintner has approximately 82 acres of service space with access to CSX Rail Road. IMPA has a solar panel area in this district. The Lintner Industrial Park is pictured below.
Lintner Industrial Park
FAIRGROUNDS: This area is located on the west side of Rensselaer. It is surrounded by the Jasper County Airport, several fast food restaurants and two hotels. This area has experienced rapid growth since it now has all City of Rensselaer Utilities and is shovel ready. It is directly east of the 215 mile marker exit on I-65. It has 69.506 acres of propery that is currently agricultural ground but is also classified as Zone I1 (Light Industrial) which makes it ideal for future growth. The area is pictured below.
Fairgrounds Industrial

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